On My Nightstand: The English American


I've been going back and forth on this one a lot. I really, really wanted to like this book. And I think that the reason I can't say "I loved it!" or even "I liked it - a lot!" was because there's too much the author is trying to accomplish in too little time. If I were to judge it solely on the adopted child/birth mother reunion and story... I think it did a wonderful job. The character's voice comes across as very real, while being engaging and humorous at the same time. All the support characters are thought-out, convincing, and (for the most part) personable. For that, it's a heartwarming and charming read.

Where the book falls apart a little for me was when she tried to mix in the chick-lit/romance side of things. To me, it felt a little contrived. The characters were predictable and the ending not surprising. I know we all love a happily-ever-after, but I felt like the adoption angle was enough to carry the book on.

I don't know - maybe it's just me... anyone else out there read it?! Like it? Love it? Hate it?

(There's a lot more on my nightstand that I hope to post about soon... keep tuned in!)